List: The Five Most Muscular Cars You Can Buy

By Seyth Miersma

December 03, 2008


Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano 6.0-liter V-12 620 horsepower/448 pound-feet of torque = 1068


Dodge Viper SRT-10 ACR 8.4-liter V-10 600 horsepower/560 pound-feet of torque = 1160


Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 5.4-liter, supercharged V-8 617 horsepower/575 pound-feet of torque = 1192


Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 638 horsepower/604 pound-feet of torque= 1242


Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG 6.0-liter, twin turbo V-12 604 horsepower/738 pound-feet of torque = 1342

Ferrari Dodge Mercedes-Benz Chevrolet Mercedes-Benz

When it comes to getting customers interested in a vehicle of a performance oriented nature, one of the sexiest numbers an automaker has at its disposal is the horsepower figure. The other end of the power equation, that deliciously shadowed figure measured in foot-pounds, is too often obscured. So when engines like the free-revving unit in BMW’s M5 (for instance) make eye-popping 500 horsepower numbers, we tend to forget that their smaller displacement, frenetic characters also mean that torque (383 pound-feet in the M’s case) is in shorter supply.

So which cars rank the highest when their total power measurements, horsepower and torque, are combined into one figure? A breakdown of 2009 models on sale in the U.S. (somewhat limited by our use of “standard” manufacturers, sorry tuners) reveals a few of the usual suspects, as well as a couple of faces you might not have expected. Click through the gallery above for the five baddest bruisers.